Several media briefings held today, focusing on the present political situation in the country

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Several media briefings were held today, focusing on the present political situation in the country.

Speaking at a media briefing held in Colombo today, State Minister of Finance: Anura Priyadarshana Yapa said, the rural economy has collapsed due to poor economic operations of the UNP. Mr. Yapa says, the UNP attempted to implement new liberal economic principles that have been rejected by the rest of the world. Joining in this media briefing, Minister Susil Premajayantha said, the Provincial Councils Election will be held within the next three months.

Speaking at a media briefing held today, Parliamentarian: W.D.J. Senevirathne said, the Constitution has provided the President with the powers to convene and prorogue Parliament. Mr. Senevirathne says, the speaker cannot challenge the powers of the President. Joining in the media briefing, Minister T.B. Ekanayake accused Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of misusing public property, by staying on at Temple Trees.

Speaking at a media briefing held today, leader of the Lanka Samasamaja Party: Professor Tissa Witharana said, it is disappointing for the Speaker to function as the deputy leader of the UNP, without maintaining an independence stance. Mr. Witharana said, never in history has a Speaker called for a majority to be shown, after changers were made in Parliament upon the decisions of a President.

Speaking at a media briefing of the ‘Rata Surakina Jana Pawura’ today, Media Spokesman of the Government Medical Officers Association: Dr. Samantha Ananda said, the procedure followed by the previous government regarding international trade agreements brings about opposition. He defined the Sri Lanka-Singapore Free Trade Agreement and ETCA as “anti-democratic agreements”, and said, the ‘Rata Surakina Jana Pawura’ will be active in preventing the implementation of “anti-democratic agreements” in future.

Speaking at a media briefing held today, Parliamentarian: Dilan Perera said, if Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe needs to argue that the appointment of the new Prime Minister by the President is against the constitution, he needs to challenge the appointment in Court. The MP said, the course of action left for the UNP is to present a No-Confidence Motion in Parliament against the new government. He added, the new government is capable of defeating a No-Confidence Motion.

Joining in the media briefing, Parliamentarian: Thilanga Sumathipala said, as per the Standing Orders, it is not within the the capacity of the Speaker to query into the President’s powers to appoint a Prime Minister. Also joining in the media briefing,

Minister S.B. Dissanayake pointed out, this is not the first time that Parliament was prorogued. Mr. Dissanayake pointed out, Parliament was prorogued seven times during the Presidency of J.R. Jayewardene, four times during the Presidency of Ranasinghe Premadasa, five times by Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumarathunge, and five times during the Presidency of Mahinda Rajapaksa. He said, Parliament was prorogued the least number of times by the present President. He also said honouring the request made by the UN Secretary General, the President decided to convene parliament two days before the scheduled date.

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